American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Remind Americans Deadline Nearing for Sending Holiday Mail for Heroes

STAMFORD, Conn., December 05, 2011 - Friday, December 9 is the postmark deadline for all cards being sent to the U.S. military through the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program run by Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross. With just days to go, Americans are encouraged to send a card through the program’s new website,, which allows a person to send a real card online for $1. The card will be printed with your personal message and delivered to the P.O. Box where all cards are being sent.

The Red Cross sorts the cards and delivers them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations in the U.S. and abroad during the holidays. Pitney Bowes donates all screening, packaging and shipping.

“It’s simple to give the gift of thanks this holiday season,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces at the American Red Cross. “So many people have supported this program over the years, and we hope people continue to share their greetings and gratitude with our service men and women this holiday season.”

“We added the online feature as a way to make it even easier to send a card with messages of thanks and holiday greetings, said Matthew Broder, Vice President, External Communications, at Pitney Bowes. “We’ve created four beautifully-designed cards especially for our troops. A person can go online, select a card, write a personal message, hit send and for only $1 a real card will the card be delivered to the P.O. Box for distribution.”

Since 2007, more than 3.5 million cards have been collected and distributed through Holiday Mail for Heroes.

For more information and card requirements, please visit

About Pitney Bowes:

Delivering more than 90 years of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business through advanced customer communications management. Pitney Bowes is a $5.4 billion company and employs 30,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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